All our battleships and cruisers (except the second quartet of Atlantas) were built on the East Coast, so it might not be a matter of sending them from the Pacific but rather delaying their transit there after they finished working up. For example Iowa and New Jersey transited the Panama Canal on January 7, 1944. We could have retained them in the Atlantic for another six months if adding them to the bombardment force in Normandy was considered a higher priority than fighting the Japanese fleet. No one at the time seems to have considered that to be so. Is there any record of the Overlord planners asking for our first-line BBs to be committed to that operation? CVEs were one thing that was in fairly good supply. Seven British and two American took part in Operation Dragoon carrying Seafires, Wildcats, and Hellcats, mainly for air cover, but they could also perform ground attack. And of course CVEs of both navies were deployed in the anti-submarine role, including several covering the western approaches to the landing area. If there was considered to be a need for CVEs in addition to the thousands of bombers and fighters in England, they would have been provided. The original concept for a CVE air group included SBDs, but this was discontinued early in 1943. The lack of folding wings made SBDs particularly inconvenient to handle on small carriers, and having three different types in an air group of around thirty was unnecessarily complicated. CVLs carried about the same number of planes as CVEs, so there would be little added value in using them in Europe. They were best suited for the fast carrier force.